Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, meaning “great”, and rajan, meaning “king”. Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley – fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence. Welcome to his kingdom!

The Maharaja is the second installment in our Dictator Series.

102 IBUs

ABV varies slightly batch to batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,641
Reviews:
1,869
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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394
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875
For Trade:
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Photo of AJmon13
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz. canned on 01/03/2017

Pours clear dark orange near red with a creamy white foam head. Smells like melons, papaya, cantaloupe, mango, peach nectar, orange citrus, grapefruit, red berries, caramel, honey, toasted malts, with dank resinous floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like candied melons, papaya, cantaloupe, mango, peach nectar, orange citrus, grapefruit, red berries, caramel, honey, toasted malts, with dank bitter resinous floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice IIPA.

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Photo of Colin32
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grackos
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkeefe1800
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased and shared with my brother in law Corey. 12oz can pours a nice clean Amber color. Initial smell is a fruity burst of citrus and some tropical fruit, maybe passionfruit, that intense smell does decrease rather quickly. Taste is full of citrus, pine and some subtle dark fruit notes. Surprised I haven't given this a try before. Solid DIPA definitely worth having again.

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Photo of Akeah
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jodio
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of anon
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PprBurke
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Quigmann
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morrowd3
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky, smooth, mellow double. Almost read like nitro. Good but not as amazing as I hoped based on reviews. Westin, Phoenix, AZ, Jan 2017

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Photo of Ri0
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bottle into tulip. Color is cloudy dark orange with a nice off white 2 finger white head that leaves lacing all over my glass. Aroma is a bouquet of hops loaded with strong citrus notes of grapefruit and tangerine. Crystallized honey and caramel malts help to balance. Flavor rips your pallet with dank and citrusy hops that are also very bitter and piney. The sweeter malts help ease all the bitterness with caramel and honey notes. Feel is medium with nice carbonation. Sticky feel that finishes nice and dry. Great example of the IIPA.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery Maharaja was served from a can with a canning date of 12/9/16. I was used to this gem in a 22 oz or from draft. As expected, the can was spot on. This is an outstanding gem from Avery. There isn't much that can be said with this amazing beer. Sweet malt, boozy alcohol, and huge hops and bitterness all at the same time! Amazing concoction ! This bad boy out shines many Imperial IPA and is a must try for those who haven't. By far on of the best out there today in a world of many choices. You can not go wrong with this gem !

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with my FW brewing snifter
Had this many a times - noted on 10/17/15

The “High King”

Bright golden orange body with some partial clearing around the edges. A healthy tan khaki pillow head comes to rest over top. Nicely retaining with some persistent stick of lace. Pungent pine forest with citrus fruit zest, mild dank herbs and honey sweet malts. Alcohol spice is stingingly present in the nose. Candied grapefruit meets sappy boughs of pine and some mild herbal spice. Smacks of caramelized malts that give off a honeyed cracker flavor with some rather high levels of bittering units and lasting oily hop resins. Moderately full bodied with some syrupy moments. Just enough drying lift to save face in the finish. Some alcohol warmth that can get quite boozy at times while still maintaining its drinkability. Big in every way possible. The OG TIPA.

Respect the almighty or he will smote thee. Namaste BA!

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one to me is a classic example of imperial IPA, and is a classic IPA in the sense of it was a bit of a trailblazing beer back when it originally came out and blew peoples minds as a big hop bomb. Now there are tons of examples along the same vein. Still, it is delicious nonetheless, and love the new canned format that came out late 2016. getting it fresh is really awesome too.

L: Pours a dark gold with slight amber highlights suggesting heavy use of caramel or specialty malt. Nice carbonation and billowy white head. Slight haze and hop sediment in glass.

S: Large burst of tropical and resinous aroma. Wonderful dry hopping here. The full gammit of "C" hops appears to be used. Citrus, pine, floral, and dank all at the same time. Bit of booze in the nose as well.

T: This one is a very large and in charge beer! Your palate is overwhelmed with sweet malt, boozy alcohol, and huge hops and bitterness all at the same time! somehow it all comes together. this one is sweeter than many modern huge IPA's which I really like. The balance is awesome and it still serves to be a powerful hop bomb. You could mistake this for an extremely hoppy barleywine if you wanted to. The finish is just dry enough to keep this from being overly sweet or cloying. One of the more powerful IPA's ive had in the sense of overall flavor, hoppiness, and alcohol.

F: slick, oily, medium bodied. medium carbonation

O: This is a fun beer to drink and one I love revisiting each year. It stands out among countless other IPA's and is very unique and a classic example of what Imperial IPA is all about! Well done Avery for taking a chance on this one!

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Photo of Timtac
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chard_wells
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tbone2131
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grnmtnman
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KingBovril
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Nice and deep amber with a haze.
Smell: Malty sweet caramels with a nice piney, fruity hoppiness at the end.
Taste: Characteristic of an imperial IPA, prominent maltiness and sweetness that leaves a sticky, boozy sensation on the palette. Hops are not the star in this imperial, but they do present their appropriate bitterness at the finish.
Feel: Quite boozy, as an imperial should be. Thick with a sticky sweetness, but not excessive by any means. This is a strong beer, both in ABV and flavor; don't down this one too quickly. Appropriate medium carbonation level.
Overall: A very solid imperial IPA. It's nice seeing an imperial that isn't afraid to make the malt a star. Not that there's anything wrong with a hop-centric imperial, but many breweries these days seem to be fixated on creating hop bombs. Maharaja is a well-balanced imperial IPA that I would definitely recommend as a premium example of the style.

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Photo of drbenderdo
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,641 ratings.
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